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Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives

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Here, dear reader, are eight excellent books for your enjoyment during the Christmas Octave, and probably longer—unless you've got absolutely nothing to do for eight days, in which case, by all means, enjoy!
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Here, dear readers, are four books to prepare you for the political season that lies ahead of us in 2017.... 1) Constitutional Morality and the Rise of Quasi-Law (Harvard...
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Let us see gift-giving less as an obligation or a buy-in to the commercialism of the season, and more as a sign of affection... It’s less than a week till Christmas, and you realize that you cannot give Brad Birzer’s Russell Kirk: American Conservative biography...
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In keeping with a grand tradition of The Imaginative Conservative, in which we share with one another the precious gift of good reading, I would like to offer my own suggestions for some Christmas gift books. Here are...
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I'm not much of a long-range planner when it comes to the giving of gifts at Christmas time, I'm a last minute giver. But at least I try to be a thoughtful one. My recommendations in past...
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Brewing one's own beer helps the conservative settle back into a habitual patience and a dedication to process and institutions that are assurances of good government in any republic... For the Christmas of 2016, I recommend you get the conservative...
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Whatever you think about the choice of General James Mattis for secretary of defense, you have to admire this about him: He takes his personal library of more than 6,000 books with him to every post. An...

Anyone who doesn’t like good barbecue deserves a lump of charcoal in his stocking. Barbecue, like politics, should be local. So get your special someone a gift pack of some of the South’s best regional barbecue sauces: Owensboro,...
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This past year I read or re-read the following that reminded me of the permanent things that inform the good, true, and beautiful: Daniel Taylor's Death Comes for The Deconstructionist: A unique murder mystery that also...
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What do you get for the imaginative conservative who has everything? That’s a trick question, of course: the imaginative conservative never has everything because he never rests in his pursuit of...

What better gift than music for the season in which we celebrate God, the source of all beauty, becoming man? Here are recommendations of ten outstanding albums of Christmas-themed classical...
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Are you scratching your head over what to buy the conservative gentleman in your life? Please avoid the “hideous tie so kindly meant,” the slippers, the pipe or another sweater. Choose gifts that...
Christmas gifts of permanence
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The last year or so has been a most propitious time for thoughtful studies of social and political life. In an age when fewer and fewer people read serious books, a gift of...
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Do you ever wonder about Santa’s elves? In the German folkloric tradition, Jacob Grimm tells us that the elves accompanying the kindly gift-giver were there to threaten, beat, or kidnap naughty children. These creatures were associated with...